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Winchester Model 97 Takedown verification
March 23, 2020
3:35 am

Hey Bert,

I purchased a Winchester Model 97 Takedown, 16 gauge 2 3/4 Cham. It’s in pretty good condition. I wanted to attach pictures but couldn’t figure it out. The Number on the bottom has a “D” and below that says 288382. On the top of the barrel by the receiver it has a P with a circle around it and what looks like an R with a circle around it. I could email pictures if you have an email. It has a pistol grip. The end of the barrel to the sight is 1/2”. The end of the barrel to the receiver is 27 1/4” I believe.  I’m just curious on your thoughts about what it exactly is and the value?  I bought it for $300. 




March 23, 2020
4:10 am
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The barrel is a mail order replacement.  The serial number tells me that the receiver was manufactured the year 1905.  Winchester did not begin marking the chamber length on the 16-ga barrels until early 1931.  The "P" in a circle is the mail order proof marking.  At $300, you paid top dollar for it.


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March 23, 2020
2:58 pm

Wow. Thanks for quick response and information. 

March 24, 2020
4:15 pm
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Yes, and it is a Model 1897 not a Model 97.   Big Larry

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